Here are the members of the Economic Growth DC team:
Dave Oberting is the Executive Director and Chairman of the DC Economic Growth Action Fund. More commonly known as Economic Growth DC, the Fund is a non-profit social welfare organization organized under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is a political and economic advocacy organization that serves as a catalyst for accelerating the rate of growth of the District’s economy. Dave is also the managing director of a corporate recruiting firm focused on advanced technologies called Questr.
Dave began his recruiting career in 1993 with a major international search firm in Columbus, OH. He focused primarily on the recruitment and placement of senior corporate counsel. In 1995 he relocated to Charlotte, NC and founded Mitchell Reynolds/Iverson, a boutique executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of healthcare, legal and information technology professionals. In 2003, he relocated to Washington, DC. After four years working as the Director of Business Development and Recruiting for a national staffing firm, he founded Questr.
Since 2008, Dave and his firm have specialized in the recruitment and placement of professionals in the fields of big data, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, mathematics, statistics, software development, database administration, network operations, data mining, data visualization, and cyber security. Questr recruits on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, startups and certain government agencies.
Dave is a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the DC Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the board of directors of the DC Leadership Development Council, a District non-profit dedicated to bringing new people into the DC political process. He also sits on the local advisory board of a national non-profit, U.S. VETS, which is the largest non-profit in the country dedicated to providing housing and other support services to homeless veterans. U.S. VETS is currently building in southeast Washington what will become the largest transitional housing facility for homeless veterans in the mid-Atlantic.
Dave received his B.S. in Business Administration from Butler University in 1992. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1987 to 1993, including six months on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm. He and his wife Lisa live on Capitol Hill with their dog Izzy.
Lisa Pintner is a Member of the Board of Directors of Economic Growth DC. She is also a Director of Sales Planning & Enablement for Cisco Systems, a Fortune 100 technology company with offices in the District of Columbia. Lisa leads a diverse, global team that drives field enablement for Cisco’s $10 billion services business. Lisa has been with Cisco in sales management and enablement since 2000. Prior to joining Cisco, she was in account management with Ameritech (now AT&T), MCI (now Verizon) and various other technology companies. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She resides on Capitol Hill in the District.
Beth Kingsley serves as the general counsel for Economic Growth DC. She is a partner at Harmon Curran Spielberg + Eisenberg LLP. Beth has a B.A. from Oberlin College and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She focuses on the representation of nonprofit organizations and political campaigns, providing a full range of general counsel services to a variety of nonprofits, including private foundations, associations, community-based groups, national and international public interest organizations, as well as political organizations and candidates. Her expertise includes the areas of state and federal tax exemption, lobbying and policy advocacy, and compliance with campaign finance laws. Beth co-chairs the subcommittee on Politics and Lobbying Activities of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the ABA Tax Section.
Sara Dajani is counsel to Economic Growth DC. She is also an associate attorney at the Berenzweig Leonard law firm. Sara has extensive transactional and commercial litigation experience. Prior to joining Berenzweig Leonard, she was a fellow at the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center. At the center she helped initiate suits and filed amicus briefs in precedent setting cases impacting small businesses nationwide. Sara received a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude from George Mason, and her J.D. from Georgetown University. She resides in northern Virginia.
Sadaqat Ahmad is a software developer and private equity investor, with a majority of his investments focused in the field of next generation weapons manufacturing for the U.S. Department of Defense. He is actively involved in Virginia and D.C. politics. He is a part of an initiative in Reston, Virginia to incorporate the community into an official municipality and city in Fairfax County. He is a 2015 National Review Institute Fellow and a 2016 Catholic Information Center Fellow. He excelled at McGill University in Montreal studying Economics after graduating from the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where he grew up. He currently resides in Reston Town Center, Virginia, where he is a strong advocate for Northern Virginia’s “hacking, makerspace, and Internet of Things” movement at NoVA Labs.
Colby Waller is the Communications Director of Economic Growth DC. He is also the Owner and Creative Director of THOR Design Studio, a full-service graphic design firm based in the District of Columbia. THOR provides world-class design and development services to its clients across a wide range of media. The firm’s robust portfolio includes work in traditional print and web, mobile and tablet, branding and logo development, and documentary video.
Prior to opening THOR, Colby was Creative Director at Rock Creek Strategic Marketing, Associate Art Director at Kalmbach Publishing. His wide range of clients have included National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, the IFC and World Bank, and numerous other government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. Colby received a BA in Advertising from Marquette University, an Associates Degree in Design from Milwaukee Area Technical College, and is finishing a Masters program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in New Media Photojournalism. Colby resides on Capitol Hill in the District.